The next generation RTÉ PLAYER
A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.
RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland’s national public-service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.
RTÉ’s radio service began on 1 January 1926, while television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world.
The project: the Next Generation RTÉ Player
RTÉ Player is Ireland’s number-one broadcaster video-on-demand service that delivers an average of 4.2 million streams per month, and 1.7 million unique browsers per month.
Signifying changing viewing habits, live viewing on RTÉ Player was up by 74% on 2015 volumes, with 20% of monthly streams being live in 2016.
RTÉ Player’s offering continued to evolve in 2016, moving away from being a purely catch-up service, with the commissioning of more online-exclusive content and extra content around some the most popular RTÉ Television series and events of the year, as well as the addition of new permanent content hubs, including Doc Hub, Food Hub and Arts Hub. Together the online extras and exclusive shorts on RTÉ Player attracted over 3 million streams.
In order to meet the changing needs of audiences, RTÉ has planned to launch, by the end of the 2017, the next generation RTÉ Player.
RTÉ Player will be transformed from being a pure catch-up TV service, to being a world-class live and on-demand online TV and video platform.
The product will be rebuilt from the ground up to ensure technical reliability, and new functionalities will be added, such as live restart and autoplay.
FINCONS GROUP’s role
Fincons Group is the lead partner for the delivery of the project. The global IT Business Consulting company has over 30 years’ experience as a broadband and broadcast service partner and has worked with many leading companies as consultant and integration partner for video solutions and OTT platform rollouts.
Fincons Group will design and integrate its future-proof OTT solution, which will efficiently provide a seamless and compelling multiscreen user experience.
The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be available across web, iOS, Android, connected TVs and OTT services, including Saorview, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV and will offer a number of new features:
- on-demand libraries with hundreds of titles from across the genres
- new short-form contents, exclusive to RTÉ Player
- RTÉ’s television channels live, on any screen
Fincons Group will work together with 24i, the Dutch-based TV app development company which will provide its unified UI front-end expertise, and with the personalisation provider ContentWise, which will integrate its content personalisation solution.
All the partners are hugely experienced in delivering world-class online TV and video platforms.
The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be RTÉ’s multi-channel television and video platform, designed and re-imagined for how Irish audiences watch television and video content online.
It will be a world-class online television and video destination that seamlessly blends the audience content needs across live and on-demand with a curated, personalised service, with new features and functionality.
Múirne Laffan, RTÉ’s Chief Digital Officer, said: “The delivery of the next generation RTÉ Player is hugely important for RTÉ’s future. It is a sophisticated proposition that will position us to meet evolving audience expectations and compete within a highly competitive, globalised media environment.”
Michele Moretti, CEO at Fincons Group, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing our tailored solutions and wealth of experience to support such a key strategic project for a national media like RTÉ, designing and integrating a future-proof OTT solution which will efficiently provide a seamless and compelling multiscreen user experience. Building on our extensive experience working with the major international players, this project further confirms our footprint in the media and broadcast sector.”